Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the outstanding achievements of women around the globe through the centuries.
Yesterday, I talked to my wonderful mentor, Jennifer Ransom, and we reflected on the incredible sense of community that women create within the business world. We help, nurture, and inspire one another without prompting. We support and build each other up to new heights for the sake of seeing the other shine. In my short time in the professional world, I continually witness this selfless desire to encourage from the community of women in legal technology and beyond.
And so, I thought today would be as good as any to recognize some of the women entrepreneurs who have inspired me over the course of my professional life.
Payal Kadakia, ClassPass
Payal Kadakia is the founder and chairman of ClassPass, a fitness app that allows you to attend a variety of exercise classes at studios and gyms around the world for a flat monthly rate. I first heard of Payal when I worked at Techstars as a marketing intern. She was one of the star founders that emerged from one of our startup accelerator programs, and I was awestruck by her love of what she created. She was a dancer, something I could relate to after years and years of ballet classes, and she started a company modeled after this passion for dance and exercise.
In an interview with CNBC, Payal explains her drive as an entrepreneur, “I think it’s important for founders to be very tied to their mission,” she says. “Start a product at a company that you’re willing to work on for decades. To solve problems takes time, and it’s going to be a hard journey and there’s ups and downs.”
I’m thankful Payal worked through that journey, especially when I’m going to my weekly barre class I reserve via the ClassPass app 🙂
Stefanie Marrone, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin
Stefanie Marrone is the Director of Business Development and Marketing at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin, and is someone with whom I connected through my work at LexBlog. She started a blog with us, The Social Media Butterfly, and I don’t think there’s any other title that would fit Stefanie more. Her ability to build a personal brand through social media is greatly inspiring to me as I journey through my career in legal technology.
If you connect with her on LinkedIn, you’re sure to read incredibly insightful content on social media, marketing, communications, and beyond. I’m excited to see what I will continue to learn from her in the future!
Amelia Coomber, Boobi Butter
Amelia Coomber is the founder of Boobi Butter, a company aimed to increase the awareness around breast health for young women. I spoke with Amelia when I interviewed her for a story I wrote for the Techstars blog while a marketing intern. I had never conversed with someone with more passion, excitement, and charisma for her company’s purpose.
Boobi Butter was founded to increase breast cancer awareness for women under 40, encouraging young women to perform regular breast examinations. Amelia told me about the community of women she has reached through her company’s efforts. “We have a network [on Instagram] of over 200 women who are like, 21, 23, 28 years old that were diagnosed.”
With my own mother diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, this issue is a reality for me and my family. Amelia’s passion and work in women’s health is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Julia Engel , Gal Meets Glam
Julia Engel is the founder of one of my all-time favorite brands, Gal Meets Glam, a fashion blog and collection that emphasizes classic elegance. Julia and her husband, Thomas, started the blog out of Julia’s dorm room in 2011 when going to school at University of the Pacific near San Francisco. Since then, building the Gal Meets Glam brand has become their full time career. In 2018, Julia fulfilled her dream of launching her own clothing collection, featuring an assortment of timeless dresses that she describes as “an extension of my personal style.” The collection, with new lines being announced almost monthly now, is sold in prestigious retailers such as Nordstrom, Dillards, and Anthropologie.
I’ve been following Julia’s career since 2014, when I started following her on Instagram. I am greatly inspired by her ability to build a brand out of a niche marketing – women who want classic feminine style without exorbitant prices. It’s also fun to see her and her husband work together on building their dream company, which is something my husband, Clayton, and I aspire to do one day.
Women are amazingly inspirational. We have much to learn from one another and so much expertise to share with the world. Take today and think about some inspiring women in your life, whether it’s your boss, colleague, wife, mother, or friend. Think about why they encourage or uplift you. And tell them that, too!